This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the final events of World War II, including the development and testing of the atomic bomb, the atomic bombing of Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the U.S. occupation of the Japanese mainland including Honshu, and the arrival of the U.S. Third Fleet in Tokyo Bay. The film not only includes the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, the celebration in Manhattan's Times Square, and a parade in Red Square Moscow. Some... Topic: Newsreel.
The USS Panay incident was a Japanese attack on the American gunboat Panay while she was anchored in the Yangtze River outside Nanking (now known as Nanjing), China on 12 December 1937. Japan and the United States were not at war at the time. The Japanese claimed that they did not see the American flags painted on the deck of the gunboat, apologized, and paid an indemnity. Nevertheless, the attack and the subsequent Allison incident in Nanking caused US opinion to turn against the Japanese. Fon... Topics: U.S. Navy, 1937, Rape of Nanking, Yangtze River, China, Asiatic Fleet, gunboat, Norman Alley
This short newsreel, produced for the home market, expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Footage includes: Emporer Hirohito reviewing his troops, Secretary of State Cordell Hull speaking with Japanese ambassadors, Waikiki during bombing attack, emergency hospitals... Topic: Newsreel.
When President John F. Kennedy visited the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65), he used the occasion to promote a strengthened U.S. Navy, one whose indomitable force would help preserve the peace. He then watched naval wargames that included some of the most cutting-edge weaponry of the day, including missiles, rockets, and supersonic aircraft. Sadly, Kennedy would be assassinated just a short time after this film record of the exercise was released, and it was withdrawn from circulation... Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
This 1940s film shows Dodge Motors contributing to the WWII war effort, and shows the company's command cars and trucks that are being used throughout the world as part of the armed forces. While Dodge's defense activities take priority, the company is still putting out some cars based on 1941 designs. Famed stunt driver Jimmie Lynch is shown behind the wheel of one of these new cars, showing how the car and its Powerflow engine being put through its paces. Lynch drives it up a flight of... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Dodge, Jimmie Lynch, Death Dodgers, Lucky Teter, Automobile
This 1939 film has a hilarious premise -- stunt driver Jimmie Lynch gives a radio show host the ride of his life. Jimmie Lynch and his Death Dodgers were famous for their "Thrill Hunter" shows. Auto thrill shows were a staple at State Fairs and other outdoor entertainment venues in this country. In the 1930s there were many pioneer auto show outfits operated by brave men like Joie Chitwood, Stoney Roberts, Lucky Teeter (who died giving a performance) and Jimmie Lynch who provided... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Dodge, Auto Show, Auto Stunt, Stunt Driver